Leoné Walters is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past (LEAP), Stellenbosch University. Her research interests include economic history, political economy, institutions, ethnic politics, and development in sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently involved in the Cape of Good Hope Panel project, where she uses probate inventories and auction rolls to study the political economy of the Cape Colony during the eighteenth-century. She completed her PhD in Economics at the University of Pretoria in 2021. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Leoné was a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and an economic consultant at one of South Africa’s leading consulting firms.